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will pull a trigger". Joe enters the café and Tom hides behind the piano to eavesdrop on his conversation with Mike. After Mike tells Joe that Vi has been looking for him and that he has heard that Joe won a large deal of money in a crap game, Joe tells him that he is going to use the money to travel to the South the next morning to visit his mother, whom he hadn't seen in years and to whom he has recently sent a telegram. Joe says that he can not tell Vi that he is going, and when asked why by Mike he says that she gets jealous and angry for irrational reasons. He then relates how he yearns to see his mother and return home. Joe goes upstairs to meet Vi, and slowly the night's guests and customers arrive. After a dance, Vi tells him that she loves only him and although she is a jealous woman, if he remains true to her then she will be his. When Joe leaves to wait for a telegram from his mother, Tom tells Vi that he overheard Joe's conversation and that the telegram is from another woman. Vi initially refuses to believe him, but when Sweetpea arrives with Joe's telegram, Vi accuses Joe of infidelity and demands to see the telegram. Joe rebukes her by pushing her away, and when he opens the envelope Vi shoots him with the revolver from her handbag. Vi reads the letter, which says that there is no need for Joe to come because his mother had been dead for three years. When she realises what she has done, she sinks to the floor and begs Joe for forgiveness, which she receives. As Joe dies, he sings that he is finally going to see his mother in heaven.. PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS (plus Chorus) Joe (a Gambler) Vi (his Sweetheart) Tom (Cafe Entertainer) Mike (Cafe Proprietor) Sam (Boy-of-all- Work) Sweetpea (Cafe Pianist) INSTRUMENTATION • 1st Reed - (Flute, B Flat Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax) • 2nd Reed - (Flute, B Flat Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Piccolo) • 3rd Reed - (Tenor Sax, B Flat Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Oboe) • 4th Reed - (Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Cor Anglais) • 5th Reed - (Baritone Sax, B Flat Clarinet, Flute, Bassoon) • 2 Horns • 3 Trumpets • 2 Tenor Trombones • 1 Bass Trombone • 1 Timpani • 1 Percussion • 1 Banjo • 2 Pianos • Strings • 1 Full Score MUSICAL NUMBERS 1. Ladies and gentlemen! - Joe 2. Blue Monday Blues - Sam 3. Has Anyone Seen My Joe? - Vi 4. Monday's the Day That All the Earthquakes Quiver - Sam 5. I'll Tell the World I Did - Joe 6. I'm Gonna See My Mother - Joe 7. I Love But You, My Joe, My Joe - Vi 8. I'm Gonna See My Mother - Joe Blue Monday (A Chamber Opera) - George Gershwin, Gregg Smith Singers LP